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    Gary H. Gibbons, MD,
    Chair, Department of Physiology; Professor of Medicine, Director, Morehouse Cardiovascular Research Institute (NIH-NHLBI sponsored Research Center of Excellence)

    Vascular biology and the pathogenesis of vascular diseases

    Elizabeth Ofili, MD,
    Professor of Medicine; Chief, Cardiology;
    Associate Dean for Clinical Research

    The mechanism of myocardial dysfunction with particular emphasis on the role of ultrasound imaging modalities

    David Satcher, MD, PhD,
    Director, Center of Excellence on Health Disparities and Satcher Health Leadership Institute

    JElimination of health-care disparities through effective community mobilization and research translation

    Randell Alexander, MD, Pediatrics

    Child Abuse, Prader Willi Syndrome

    Daniel Blumenthal, MD, MPH, Chair CHPM

    Cancer prevention, public health

    Gregory Strayhorn, MD, PhD, Professor, Family Medicine

    Chronic Disease Management-Type II Diabetes

    George Rust, MD,
    Professor; Interim Chair, National Center for Primary Care

    Diabetes, Cultural Competence, Health Disparities

    L. Dianne Bradford, MD, Professor of Psychiatry

    Clinical studies in the Polymorphism of CYPP450 2D6; Mental Health Diseases

    Robert Green, MD, Boston University

    Alzheimer’s Disease/Stroke/Diabetes

    Beatrice Gee, MD, Pediatrics

    Sickle Cell

    Roland Mathews, MD, OB/GYN


    William Dietz, MD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Childhood Obesity

    Gail Mattox, MD, Professor and Chair of Psychiatry

    Childhood Trauma

    Kerry Ressler, MD, Emory University, Psychiatry


    Rebekah Bradley, MD, Emory, Psychiatrist


    Rigobert Lapu-Bula, PhD, CRC, Asst. Professor


    Anekwe Onwuanyi, MD, Assoc. Professor of Medicine


    Other Potential Mentors at Emory University

    Gang Bao, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering

    Biomolecular Engineering, Bionanotechnology, Molecular Imaging, Molecular Biomechanics

    Xiaoping Philip Hu, PhD, Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Imaging

    Magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, functional MRI, image reconstruction and processing, molecular imaging

    Robert M. Nerem, PhD, Parker H. Petit Professor and Director, Georgia Tech Parker H. Petit Institute for bioengineering and Bioscience

    Biofluid mechanics, cardiovascular devices, cellular biomechanics, mammalian cell culture engineering, vascular biology, atherosclerosis

    Shuming Nie, PhD, Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Chair, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Director for Nanotechnology and Bioengineering, Emory Winship Cancer Institute

    Biomolecular engineering and nanotechnology, with a focus on bioconjugated nanoparticles for cancer molecular imaging, molecular profiling, pharmacogenomics, and targeted therapy

    David G. Harrison, MD, Bernard Marcus Professor of Medicine and Director of Cardiology

    Vascular function; education of young physicians

    Arshed Quyyumi, MD, PhD Professor of Medicine, PI, Emory-Morehouse Partnership to Reduce Cardiovascular Disparities

    Human vascular physiology and its relationship to CVD

    W. Robert Taylor, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering

    Vascular biology with an emphasis on the role of vascular inflammation in the pathogenesis of hypertension, diabetes and artherosclerosis

    Viola Vaccarino, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Emory School of Medicine, Professor of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Director, Emory Program in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research and Epidemiology

    Cardiovascular epidemiology and prevention involving the social, behavioral, and emotional determinants of cardiovascular risk and the underlying mechanisms linking these factors to cardiovascular disease

    Roberto Pacifici, MD, Herndon Professor of medicine and Director, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

    Mechanism of action of estrogen in bone

    Thomas R. Ziegler, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Director, Emory GCRC, Director, Center for Clinical and Molecular Nutrition, Co-PI, Emory K12-EMCRS Program

    Molecular mechanisms and nutrient, growth factor and recox regulation of intestinal cell growth, repair, and function; mechanisms of action and metabolic/clinical effects of glutamine supplemented specialized nutrition support in critical illness; gut mucosal mechanisms and metabolic/clinical effects of modified diet, glutamine and specific growth factors in clinical and translational models of short bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease

    Joseph Ouslander, MD, Professor of Medicine, Director, Division of Geriatrics, Director, Center for Health in Aging

    Geriatric urinary conditions and long-term care quality

    Vincent Yang, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Director, Division of Gastroenterology

    Proliferation and differentiation of mammalian intestinal epithelial cells

    Henry M. Blumberg, MD, Professor of Medicine and Program Director, PI, MSCR/CRCA K30 Program, PI, EMCRS K12 Program

    Healthcare and molecular epidemiology; tuberculosis (epidemiology, drug resistance, new diagnostics, prevention of nosocomial transmission and community control, global health) clinical research training

    Carlos del Rio, MD, Professor of Medicine, Chief of Emory Medical Service at Grady Memorial Hospital, Associate Director for Clinical Services & International Research – Emory Center for AIDS Research, Director of Emory AIDS International , Training and Research Program

    Access to care and barriers to care among HIV-infected persons in the U.S.; healthcare resource utilization by HIV-infected patients; epidemiologic research on opportunistic infections and HIV/AIDS-associated risk behaviors as well as adherence and the impact of therapy on behavior; spectrum and impact of AIDS in developing countries and issues related to access to care in resource poor settings

    David S. Stephens, MD, Stephen W. Schwarzmann Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Director, Division of Infectious Diseases

    Genetic determinants of bacterial pathogenesis; pathogenesis and epidemiology of neisseria meningitides, haemophilus influenzae and other agents of bacterial meningitis

    Arlene B. Chapman, MD, Professor of Medicine

    Polycystic kidney disease, hypertension

    Jeff M. Sands, MD, Professor of Medicine, Executive Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, Director, Renal Division

    Physiology of the inner medulla; mechanisms of urinary concentration

    Kenneth L. Brigham, MD, Professor of Medicine, Vice Chair for Research

    Role of the liver in acute lung injury, stem cells in lung inflammation and repair, gene therapy as an anti-inflammatory strategy and inflammation and repair in the aging lung

    David M. Guidot, MD, Professor of Medicine, Associate Director for Research, Div. of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care

    Mechanisms by which inflammation and oxidative stress contribute to tissue injury, particularly within the lung.

    Jesse Roman, MD, Professor of Medicine

    Cellular and molecular mechanisms that control tissue remodeling in the lung

    Dean P. Jones, PhD, Professor, Cardiology, Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care, Professor, Biochemistry, Director, Core Laboratory, GCRC

    Defining redox control and signaling mechanisms and identifying sites of disruption during oxidative stress

    Otis Brawley, MD, Professor of Medicine, Director, Grady Cancer Center and the NIH-supported Grady Center for Health Disparities

    Cancer epidemiology and health disparities

    Fadlo R. Khuri, MD, Blomeyer Professor of Hematology and Oncology, Otolaryngology, Medicine and Pharmacology

    Development of molecular, prognostic, therapeutic, and chemopreventive approaches to improve the standard of care for patients with tobacco related cancers

    Edmund K. Waller, MD, PhD, FACP, Professor of Hematology/Oncology, Director, Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center

    Optimizing the graft versus leukemia effect of allogeneic transplantation and optimizing the safety of the transplant maneuver

    Marc Chimowitz, MBChB, Professor of Neurology, Director, Stroke Fellowship Program

    Antithrombotic therapy for intracranial occlusive disease; management of coronary disease in patients with stroke; cryptogenic stroke in the young; thrombolytic therapy; transcranial doppler ultrasound

    Donald L. Bliwise, PhD, Professor of Neurology, Director, Program in Sleep, Aging and Chronobiology

    Sleep in normal aging and dementia; behavioral consequences of sleep apnea; movement during sleep in degenerative neurologic conditions

    Allan I. Levey, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair Department of Neurology

    Clinical studies of memory disorders; research studies of gene families that encode neurotransmitter receptors for acetylcholine, dopamine, and glutamate

    Robert Taylor, MD, PhD, McCord-Cross Professor, Vice Chair for Research

    Cellular and molecular biology of endometriosis, embryonic implantation and preeclampsia

    Benjamin Gold, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology Chief, Gastroenterology Service at Egleston Children’s Hospital

    Etiopathogenesis and epidemiology of Helicobacter pylori in gastroduodenal (ulcers, gastritis) disease in children

    Paul Spearman, MD, Associate Professor, Director, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, and Immunology

    Understanding the assembly process of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and to develop a vaccine that can effectively neutralize HIV

    Arlene Stecenko, MD, Associate Professor, Chief, Pulmonary, Allergy, Cystic Fibrosis and Sleep, Director, Emory University Cystic Fibrosis Center

    Investigation of molecular signals that terminate the pulmonary inflammatory response in patients with cystic fibrosis, ARDS, and COPD; Development of gene and protein therapy employing plasmid/liposome complexes or membrane permeable fusion proteins to deliver the therapeutic agent to the lungs.

    Barbara J. Stoll, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics

    Infectious Diseases of the neonate, immune mechanisms related to their diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

    Nadine Kaslow, PhD, Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Chief Psychologist, Grady Health System

    Child psychopathology, pediatric psychology, depression and suicide, family violence, women’s health

    Helen Mayberg, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology

    Neuropsychiatry; functional neuroimaging; pathophysiology of affective disorders, cognitive, pharmacological and surgical treatments of depression.

    Andrew Miller, MD, Professor, Director, Laboratory of Neuroendocrine-Immune Interactions

    Glucocorticoids as mediators if interactions between the CNS and the immune system

    Dominique Musselman, MD, MSc, Associate Professor

    Neuroendocrinology, anxiety and mood disorders, cancer, heart disease

    Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD, Reunette W. Harris Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Effects of psychopharmacological agents on brain neuropeptide systems

    Carolyn Meltzer, MD, PhD, W.P. Timmie Professor and Interim Chair of Radiology

    Applying PET to understand neuroreceptor function and dysfunction in normal aging, dementia, and other late-life neuropsychiatric disorders

    J. Douglas Bremner, MD, Associate Professor of Radiology and Psychiatry, Director, PET Center

    Brain imaging in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression

    Elliot L. Chaikof, MD, PhD, Livingston Professor of Surgery, Director, Kidney Transplant Program

    Development of an advance generation of cardiovascular materials, devices and pharmacotherapeutics based upon the principles of biomimetrics, molecular engineering and nanofabrication technologies;endovascular therapies for treatment of aortic aneurysms, carotid disease and peripheral arterial disease

    Christian P. Larsen, MD, D Phil, Carlos and Marguerite Mason Professor of Surgery, Director, Emory Transplant Center and Transplantation Biology Research Center

    Investigation of the fundamental mechanisms involved in the T cell response to transplant tissues, specifically the role of costimulatory pathways in T cell activation; researching the mechanisms involved in immunologic tolerance to self and transplanted tissues

    Thomas Pearson, MD, PhD, Livingston Professor of Surgery, Director, Kidney Transplant Program

    Gaining a better understanding of the critical factors for T cell activation and function

    Rafi Ahmed, PhD, Director, Emory Vaccine Center, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology; Georgia Research Alliance Scholar in Vaccine Research

    Understanding the mechanisms for how immune memory cells are created and how long they survive which is crucial to the development of vaccines for HIV and other infectious agents and findings are being applied to research into therapies for the treatment of cancer and the prevention of organ rejection

    Eric Hunter, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

    Elucidating the virus-cell interactions involved in the assembly and the entry of retroviruses; translational HIV research

    Bali Palundren, PhD, Professor of Pathology

    Understanding the decision-making mechanisms in the immune system and designing novel strategies to make vaccines and drugs

    Roberd Bostick, MD, MPH, Professor of Epidemiology

    Cancer epidemiology; use of biomarkers of risk and molecular epidemiologic methods in observational studies and chemoprevention trials

    Ralph DiClemente, PhD, Candler Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education and Georgia Cancer Coalition

    Design and evaluation of STD and HIV prevention interventions tailored for adolescents and women

    Julie A. Gazmararian, PhD, Associate Research Professor, Emory Center on Health Outcomes and Quality, Department of Health Policy and Management

    Health outcomes; health literacy; maternal and child health; domestic violence

    Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH, Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Georgia Cancer Coalition

    Theories of health behavior; research on determinants and change processes; cancer prevention and control; ethnic differences in health behavior and determinants; nutrition education and behavior; program evaluation and evaluation research

    Kathy P. Parker, PhD, RN, Professor, Department of Adult and Elder Health Nursing

    Study of sleep/wake cycle disturbances in patients with chronic illness and the development and testing of population-specific interventions

    Sandra B. Dunbar, RN, DSN, FAAN, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Cardiovascular Nursing, Department of Adult and Elder health Nursing

    Psychosocial adaptation of patients and families to heart disease; arrhythmia, ICD and heart failure self care; qualify of life of patients with heart disease; chronobiology and cardiovascular circadian rhythms